This workshop for educators, school counselors, volunteers and other school personnel will focus on how we can work toward creating inclusive and affirming classroom and school environments for gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender students in K-12 schools. Workshop content will be informed by presenter Jenn Burleton’s more than 10 years of gender diversity-specific interaction with students and schools.
Content will include specific guidance on discussing gender identity and expression with elementary school students, how to best explain gender transition to students and parents, and the use of non-binary inclusive teaching tools for biology, history, and diversity curriculums.
The workshop will also includes guidance on implementing legally required policies, and navigating situations in which transgender, queer and gender diverse students are “out” at school, but not “out” in their home and residential environments.
By the end of the workshop, attendees will be better prepared to:
- Differentiate aspects of gender and sexual diversity – identity/expression/sexual orientation
- Understand age-related developmental challenges that transgender students face
- Model inclusive language, support for gender diverse students and how to address gender-based bullying
- Engage parents & caregivers in discussion about a student’s gender diversity
- Assess curriculum, lesson plans and classroom activities for gender inclusivity
- Differentiate fact-based information and guidance from those driven by intolerant ideology
Instructor: Jenn Burleton, Program Director, TransActive Gender Project
Cost: $100 by 4/16, $125 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%.
Students: $25 L&C Faculty and Staff: Free
Jenn Burleton is considered an authority and nationally recognized leader on issues relating to transgender and gender diverse children and youth. In addition to her work with TransActive Gender Project, she has served on Oregon Health & Science University’s Transgender Program Advisory Committee, and the LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup for Multnomah County. She was a 2014 recipient of Multnomah County’s “Sy Award” for lifetime commitment to social justice and has been recognized as a “Queer Hero” by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.